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Best New Year’s Resolution for 2014: Sleep More!

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If you’re one of those people who try to start off the new year with a resolution to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, etc. etc., why not try something easier and more effective to improve your health? Sleep more!

Sleep reduces stress levels, allows your immune system to work more effectively, let’s your body digest food more completely, let’s your muscles recover…the list goes on.

Here are some links to articles about the relationship of sleep to good health: (more links below)

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262812.php

http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/overview.aspx?topicId=38 (includes references to primary research)

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/cheating-ourselves-of-sleep/?_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/sleep-health_n_1310353.html

Fall asleep during a massage? Good for you! Don’t feel guilty or uncomfortable. It just means you need the sleep. The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the massage room gives you permission to get the sleep you need. In fact, if sleep is a primary objective of the massage session, let your therapist know so he/she doesn’t try to talk to you or ask you to move too much.

Night, night!

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